Round three of the Bank Windhoek Namibian Enduro Series will take place on Saturday, in the rolling dunes of Aranos.
The terrain is familiar to most of the riders, but this year most of the track has changed with new sections added to the well-known annual Aranos Enduro track.
The third edition of this year’s Enduro series will be medium-paced with some technical sections on the course. The race mainly consists of bendy quarry sections with lots of loose gravel which are mixed with some of the fast and flowing dune sections.
In the past, quad bike riders enjoyed riding there as they could drift around corners at speed and the powdery dunes made it fun and exciting. This has however changed with the majority of the track being bendy quarry sections. The motorbike riders also enjoy the terrain, but they need a bit more preparation to do well here.
In the past, this was a very fast race, but this has changed and riders might get surprises if they bargain on their previous year’s strategies. Therefore, not only speed but also skill will count to reach the podium at the end.
Günter Brettschneider, Chairman of the Namibia Enduro Club said, “We are all very anxious to see who does the best at Aranos and we are expecting some surprises in the time margins between the top Bike and Quad riders.”
“The riders love coming to Aranos as the people are always very welcoming and happy to see the riders, with many of the locals supporting the riders along the track and cheering them on,” he added.
“Aranos is also very well known for its freezing weather and it will be interesting to see how the weather will turn out this year. Riders are aware that they will need a second skin, a jacket and good gloves as frozen fingers might prevent them from getting to the finishing line in the fastest possible time,” he said.